The Christie works with Kenyan partners to improve cancer outcomes

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester is working with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH), to help improve cancer outcomes in the country.

A memorandum of understanding was signed on January 20, on the eve of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 that took place in London and was followed by a visit to Kenya by representatives from The Christie and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. The summit aims to create lasting partnerships that will deliver more investment, jobs and growth in the UK and African nations.

Principal secretary at the Ministry of Health in Kenya Susan Mochache and other representatives visited The Christie in December for a tour of the cancer centre and to meet key members of staff. They were impressed with the facilities and approach to international partnerships and chose to forge ahead with collaborative working, resulting in the signing of the memorandum.

Christie chief executive Roger Spencer, medical director (strategy) Professor Chris Harrison and director of The Christie School of Oncology Professor Richard Cowan visited Kenya to agree a programme of work for the next five years.

Spencer said: “Following discussions with Kenya’s Ministry of Health and our visit to KUTRRH, I am delighted that we will be working with our Kenyan partners to develop their oncology services. This support will include access to education and training opportunities, procurement advice, capacity building support and the agreement of clinical protocols and guidelines.”

Picture: Christie ceo Roger Spencer (second left) visiting KUTRRH.

Published on page 2 of the March 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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